Due to the sedentary nature of modern life, it is quite common to accumulate excess fat around ones midsection. As unattractive as it looks, and as uncomfortable as it makes one feel at the beach, excess fat in the abdomen also poses serious health risks. The keys to shedding that paunch are raising your metabolism, exercising your abdomen, and eating foods high in fiber and low in fat. If you are looking for a quick fix for this problem, your only option would be surgery. If losing that extra weight around your stomach is important to you, then changing your lifestyle should be important as well.
A good place to start would be to change the portions and the number of meals you eat a day. Three large meals a day is probably what your body is accustomed to. If your body is stuck in that pattern, your metabolism will not increase; rather it will remain as it is. Eating five or six small meals a day will jump start your metabolism, and cause your body to burn those calories faster.
Doing the correct exercises is also very important to reducing the fat in your abdomen. Traditional sit-ups are bad for your back, and puts an unnecessary strain on your back and neck. Crunches, however, are much better for you when you are only raising your upper back off of the floor. Reverse crunches are great for your lower abdomen, and for those stubborn lumps and bumps on your sides, side crunch are also very effective. Don’t forget, however, that cardio is essential to losing fat, so be sure you combine your ab workout with at least fifteen to twenty minutes of cardio three or four days a week.
In addition to how you eat, what you eat can also effect your progress when losing belly fat. Foods high in fiber, such as whole grains, leafy green vegetables, and beans are not only good for you, but they are high in fiber. Fiber helps your digestive tract move efficiently, and that is important when it comes to metabolizing what you consume. In addition to consuming more fiber, it is also important to ingest less fat. Eating low fat foods such as strawberries, rice, and egg whites combined with foods high in fiber will give your body the chance to burn off not what you just ate, but the extra pounds that are bothering you.
Shedding the unwanted pounds around your mid-section is not an easy task, but it is one that can be accomplished. Boosting your metabolism, getting enough and the right kind of exercise, and lowering your fat intake while raising your fiber intake are lifestyle changes you will need to make in order to reach your goal. Just remember that you don’t have to cut out all of the foods you love, and that exercise can be both fun and rewarding. What are you waiting for? Go get rid of your muffin top!